April 9, 2009

Cornell Deems 10 Percent Of Admitted Students Enrollment Priorities

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As Cornell admitted its potential Class of 2013, Deputy Provost David Harris estimated on Monday that around 10 percent of these students were deemed “selected students” under the University’s new financial aid initiative, which hopes to recruit “enrollment priorities” more aggressively.
This year’s admissions results, which the University announced on March 31, reported a 19.1 percent admit rate. This percentage translates into a total admittance of 6,567 students.
Cornell administrators announced a new financial aid plan last November, with one of the three components aimed at attracting “selected students” with higher quality of aid packages.
In her response to the question of who would receive the benefits of this plan, Doris Davis, associate provost for admissions and enrollment, stated in an e-mail on Feb. 8: “Some of the students who are selected will be ‘college scholars;’ the selection of college scholars is done by each college … Other students may be selected because they are an enrollment priority, such as students of color, athletes, and students from farm families –– these are just a few examples.”
As this is the University’s first year implementing this financial aid program, administrators have yet to see the full consequences of this plan as students decide whether or not to enroll in Cornell’s upcoming Fall Semester.